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Unread 09-24-2009, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

Hi guys,

What do you suggest I do to fix my stripped strap button screw holes. I just got this guitar off of eBay so I expected some minor crap like this.

I was thinking the toothpick-wedgie-with-wood-glue technique, but I thought I would ask you pros before I did anything with it.

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Unread 09-24-2009, 12:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

Wedging in the toothpicks seems to be the go-to trick around here.

Some people plug and re-drill though.... but a few of our guys say they have 20 year old toothpicks still holding strong.
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Re: Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

I use a wooden match ,,Stick it in,Break it off flush and rescrew the thing on again...
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I use a wooden match ,,Stick it in,Break it off flush and rescrew the thing on again...
Do you use glue or just leave it in there dry?....
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Re: Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

With the match I leave it dry,But you could use some wood glue If you wanted....
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Re: Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

toothpicks work great.. however, cut them in half and then split them in half, then put the four pieces in at 12, 3, 6 and 9, oclock with some glue, start the screw, cut them off flush and then finish drivin in the screw..

more complicated but you end up sith even pressure around the whole screw. using the whole toothpick on once side leaves gaps on either side of the toothpick and uneven pressure...

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toothpicks work great.. however, cut them in half and then split them in half, then put the four pieces in at 12, 3, 6 and 9, oclock with some glue, start the screw, cut them off flush and then finish drivin in the screw..

more complicated but you end up sith even pressure around the whole screw. using the whole toothpick on once side leaves gaps on either side of the toothpick and uneven pressure...

I'm anal... i know
Sounds good. So just for clarification, you drive the screw with the glue still wet?

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Re: Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

I've never used glue. I've got one going on 7ish years. And I just put it in on the side. Seems like you would want the tines(?) of the screw actually in some guitar wood. If you split it and put it all around the screw, wouldnt it be preasure holding it in and not the tines(?)
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Sounds good. So just for clarification, you drive the screw with the glue still wet?

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yep... that way the screw acts as a clamp.

and to the question of pressure above... yes and no.... the toothpick is going to be destroyed more or less as you tighten the screw, the pressure holds everything together at first, but the scew will also be biting into the wood in areas where its broken through the toothpick... when the glue sets, you have a very strong fix.
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Re: Stripped Strap Button Screw Holes

So I finally got some Schaller strap locks and did the repair (with glue). Seems good so far. Thanks for your help guys.

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